Genital Sores

What Causes Genital Sores?

Genital sores can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose genital sores, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "genital sores" as a symptom.  Here are eight possibilities:
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Herpes Simplex Type II
  • Vitiligo
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Psoriasis
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Gonorrhea

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
current birth control pill use
meal-induced pain for over a month
low energy/stamina
significant amounts of occult blood
gallbladder attacks
high refined sugar consumption
urethral discharge
moderate hypogastric pain
acute abdominal pain
severe eye discharge
past and future vaccination
appendix removed after age 20
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of genital sores:
Cause Probability Status
Herpes Simplex Type II 97% Confirm
Syphilis 27% Unlikely
Gonorrhea 15% Unlikely
Crohn's Disease 3% Ruled out
Psoriasis 2% Ruled out
Vitiligo 0% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 0% Ruled out
Chlamydia 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Reproductive Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about genital sores:
Do you have any genital sores or lesions?
Possible responses:
→ No / don't know
→ One or two, minor
→ Numerous, minor
→ One or two, worrying
→ Numerous, worrying
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate genital sores, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Crohn's Disease

Medical illnesses such as Crohn's Disease can on occasion cause genital lesions.


Genital lesions are a possible symptom of psoriasis in men.

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